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It took six years, but North Dakota finally has its own Todd Akin. Um ... congratulations? Akin was a Missouri Republican who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012 and had a good chance to win. That is, until he tried to mansplain his views on why he opposed abortion even in the case of rape. He said doctors told him women rarely get pregnant when they're raped and anyway, "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Minneapolis One play by Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen was everything the Minnesota Vikings were not. Energetic. Exciting. Athletic. Fearless. Joyful. Entertaining. Allen, the Bills' much-touted rookie out of Wyoming, did his best Superman impression near the end of the first quarter of Buffalo's 27-6 thrashing of the Vikings on Sunday at an angry U.S. Bank Stadium, hurdling Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr near midfield for a first down.
Fargo Covering North Dakota State's football team is an exercise in nitpicking. This is what happens when a team wins six national championships in seven years and, with Saturday's victory, is 100-8 since the beginning of the 2011 season. Small things become big things, medium things become huge things and big things become massive things. Carson Wentz hurt his wrist! OMG, what will happen? Is this the end of the dynasty?
Fargo North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman praised North Alabama for making the move from NCAA Division II to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. He sees it as the division adding a potentially quality program after losing so many in recent years.
Too bad Robert Preston isn't alive still, because he could save North Dakota from the trouble. And that's what we got comin', folks, trouble. That's trouble that starts with T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pot. And that's what ya got coming, right here in North Dakota.
Old is new again in Big Stone Lake. The narrow, 26-mile long lake along the Minnesota-South Dakota border about 125 miles south of Fargo-Moorhead recently got another influx of lake sturgeon, a prehistoric-looking fish common to Big Stone's waters for centuries before water-quality degradation and damming of the Minnesota River that flows out of the lake caused their demise.
Fargo The future, wearing No. 5, streaked through a hole in the North Alabama defense, weaved a couple of times to avoid tackles and outran defensive backs who should have caught him. Touchdown, Trey Lance. May there be many more. There probably will be. Welcome to the show, kid.
FARGO - That voice you heard inside the Fargodome was, indeed, not Dan Michaels. The familiar public-address announcer at North Dakota State football games stepped to the sidelines in the second quarter of the Bison's game against North Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 15, so veteran high school and Fargo Marathon P.A. man Guy Goschen could get in some work. Here's why: Michaels is scheduled to undergo a second open-heart surgery next week and doesn't expect to return until November, possibly for the Youngstown State game Nov. 3.
Fargo Devlin Hodges has one of the great nicknames in modern sports. The Samford University quarterback is called "Duck" by just about everybody who knows him, and even many who don't. The nickname was given to him by his coach at Samford, Chris Hatcher, during Hodges' redshirt freshman year. Most assume it was because Hodges is a crack duck-caller, having won the 2009 world junior championship as a 13-year-old. Hodges also loves to hunt ducks. Not so fast, my friends.
President Donald Trump resuscitated his famous—and unsuccessful—line from the 2016 campaign during a high-dollar fundraiser last week in Fargo. "What the hell do you have to lose?" Trump asked Native American voters in North Dakota at a brief stump stop for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Cramer.